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Darrel J. Aubertine

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DOH Provides $17.8 million for Lee Memorial Transition

Commissioner, Sen. Aubertine announce deal to preserve healthcare in Fulton

FULTON (April 9, 2009)—State Department of Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines M.D. said today that the state will provide $17.8 million in HEAL grant funding to preserve healthcare services at the A.L. Lee Memorial facilities in Fulton. The commissioner made the announcement at City Hall with state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, who worked with the DOH to secure the funding, and Ann C. Gilpin, president and CEO of Oswego Health.

April 9, 2009
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Op-Ed: New Budget Isn’t Perfect, but It Benefits Upstate New York

The budget we passed last week for the 2009-10 fiscal year is not a perfect budget. No budget can be. What it is though, is a responsible, balanced spending plan that restores funding for vital services and programs, limits the impact of these hard fiscal times on Upstate New York and puts us in position to create jobs and build a better future for all New Yorkers.

April 6, 2009
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Senate GOP proposes billions in new spending as Majority adopts difficult but responsible budget

Aubertine and Valesky Speak Out Against Further Increases in Spending   (Albany, NY) Seventeen hostile amendments proposed by Senate Republicans would increase spending and put New York State in an $8 billion hole, all while violating their own proposed constitutional amendment.  

April 2, 2009
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Senate passes Budget that invests in agriculture and new upstate economic opportunity

ALBANY —The enacted 2009-10 State Budget approved today by the New York State Senate will fund agriculture programs at levels close to 43 percent higher than the Executive Budget had proposed, restoring critical programs and investing in the future of our farmers and producers.

March 31, 2009
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Aubertine Applauds Federal Legislation for Dairy Farmers

Legislation from U.S. Sen. Feingold similar to bills introduced by Sen. Aubertine at state level

ALBANY (March 27, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold for introducing a series of legislation intended to give dairy farmers a say in decisions that affect their bottom line and help them get a fair price for their milk. Two of Sen. Feingold’s bills are similar to legislation introduced by Sen. Aubertine in the state Legislature.

March 27, 2009
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Economic Alert from Senator Aubertine: As Senate Works to Pass Fair Budget Fiscal Conditions Worsen

State revenue drops $3.2 billion in the last year; 39,000 more unemployment claims each week

ALBANY (March 25, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine and his colleagues in the Senate Majority said today that projected State revenues have declined by $3.2 billion in the last year and new unemployment claims reached 39,000 per week in March 2009, an increase of more than 20,000 compared to one year ago.

March 25, 2009
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NYPA Withdraws Proposed Bonuses, Rate Increases

Official Press Release from the New York Power Authority http://www.nypa.gov/press/2009/090324b.htm

LEWISTON – New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that all proposed rate increases for the Authority’s hydropower customers will be cancelled this year due to the extraordinary economic crisis facing the state and nation. The move will save New York businesses and residents approximately $16.5 million.

March 24, 2009
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NYPA Withdraws Proposed Bonuses, Rate Increases

Official Press Release from the New York Power Authority http://www.nypa.gov/press/2009/090324b.htm

LEWISTON – New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that all proposed rate increases for the Authority’s hydropower customers will be cancelled this year due to the extraordinary economic crisis facing the state and nation. The move will save New York businesses and residents approximately $16.5 million.

March 24, 2009
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Senate Leadership Says “No” to NYPA Bonuses, Rate Increases

Aubertine: Leadership means working with NYPA to demonstrate that now is not the right time

ALBANY (March 23, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine and several of his colleagues spoke out in opposition to rate increases and bonuses proposed by the New York Power Authority. Sen. Aubertine joined the Senate Energy Committee Chair Kevin Parker, Sens. William T. Stachowski, Antoine Thompson, David J. Valesky and Neil D. Breslin to say “No” to NYPA’s proposed bonuses and rate increases.

March 23, 2009
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Senate, Aubertine Approve Legislation to Cut COBRA Costs

ALBANY (March 19, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine and his colleagues in the New York State Senate voted unanimously today to approve legislation that cuts the cost of health insurance for individuals between jobs because of the recent economic downturn.

March 19, 2009
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18 Senators—Republican and Democrat from across state—Sign Letter Opposing Freeze of State Property Tax Payments for Forest Lands

ALBANY (March 19, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, joined by 17 colleagues in both political parties from Long Island, New York City and throughout Upstate New York, has called on Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to oppose an executive budget proposal that would freeze state payments of local property taxes on State owned land.

March 19, 2009
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18 Senators—Republican and Democrat from across state—Sign Letter Opposing Freeze of State Property Tax Payments for Forest Lands

ALBANY (March 19, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, joined by 17 colleagues in both political parties from Long Island, New York City and throughout Upstate New York, has called on Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to oppose an executive budget proposal that would freeze state payments of local property taxes on State owned land.

March 19, 2009
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Senate Approves Home Rule Legislation for YMCA/City of Watertown

ALBANY (March 18, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate has passed home rule legislation which authorizes the City of Watertown to lease the land beneath the former Ultimate Goal at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds to the Watertown Family YMCA.

March 18, 2009
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Senate MTA Plan Comes with Commitment for Upstate

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Drew Mangione | 

ALBANY (March 17, 2009)—State Senators David J. Valesky and Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate Majority’s plan to provide solvency and transparency to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority comes with a commitment to Upstate road and bridge projects.

March 17, 2009
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Senate MTA Plan Comes with Commitment for Upstate

ALBANY (March 17, 2009)—State Senators David J. Valesky and Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate Majority’s plan to provide solvency and transparency to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority comes with a commitment to Upstate road and bridge projects.

March 17, 2009
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Aubertine: Elimination of ‘Nickel and Dime’ Taxes from Budget is a Victory for Rural New Yorkers

Senator Applauds the Governor, Leadership for listening to concerns of Upstate New York

ALBANY (March 11, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded Gov. David Paterson and leadership in the Senate and Assembly for listening to him and Upstate New Yorkers by eliminating $1.3 billion in taxes and fees from ongoing budget discussions.

March 11, 2009
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Aubertine: Elimination of ‘Nickel and Dime’ Taxes from Budget is a Victory for Rural New Yorkers

Senator Applauds the Governor, Leadership for listening to concerns of Upstate New York

ALBANY (March 11, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today applauded Gov. David Paterson and leadership in the Senate and Assembly for listening to him and Upstate New Yorkers by eliminating $1.3 billion in taxes and fees from ongoing budget discussions.

March 11, 2009
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Aubertine Looking to Make Milk More Attractive

Legislation would require a product to be made with milk, not MPCs, if it’s called “dairy”

ALBANY (March 5, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine has introduced legislation designed to make milk a more attractive ingredient for dairy processors. Legislation moved through the Agriculture Committee last week would keep processors from calling certain products dairy, if they’re made with milk protein concentrates instead of milk.

March 5, 2009
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Aubertine to Schumer, Gillibrand: Make Port of Oswego a Priority

U.S. Senate debating amendments that could jeopardize $237,500 considered critical for port

ALBANY (March 5, 2009)—As the U.S. Senate continues to debate amendments to the Omnibus Appropriations Act, state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine has called on U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer to fight for the Port of Oswego.

March 5, 2009
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Aubertine Looking to Make Milk More Attractive

Legislation would require a product to be made with milk, not MPCs, if it’s called “dairy”

ALBANY (March 5, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine has introduced legislation designed to make milk a more attractive ingredient for dairy processors. Legislation moved through the Agriculture Committee last week would keep processors from calling certain products dairy, if they’re made with milk protein concentrates instead of milk.

March 5, 2009
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